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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
Lady Catherine’s Lover by Margaret Lynette Sharp is a short story about a love affair that takes place very quickly after the death of Hubert de Bourgh’s wife, Maria. Hubert sends for Catherine to join him in London. Elizabeth and Darcy, Catherine’s niece-in-law and nephew, try to understand why she would trust Hubert and his motives. Darcy discovers Hubert is in a large amount of debt, leading him and Elizabeth to believe that is the reason behind Catherine being summoned to London. Hubert had summoned for Darcy as well, which he declined for the sake of Elizabeth and their soon-to-be-born child. Much to the curiosity and distaste of both Darcy and Elizabeth, Catherine sets off to London to meet with Hubert, angry at being denied her demands that Darcy accompany her. In an effort to protect Catherine from being used for her money, Darcy writes a letter informing Catherine of Hubert’s past exploits. The returned letter from Catherine implies she has control of the situation and intends to marry Hubert soon, a function she expects Darcy and Elizabeth to attend.
Lady Catherine’s Lover by Margaret Lynette Sharp is a very short romantic tale that is a nice addition to any short story collection. Margaret Lynette Sharp weaves this story with a very mild plot and intelligible story line that leaves the reader wondering what happened in London on Catherine’s side of the story. The writing is of good quality with a very sound structure. Sharp develops the story in a very neat fashion that I applaud. Although I am a fan of multiple genres, it is refreshing to read a smooth clean romance without being overwhelmed by explicit scenes. Margaret Lynette Sharp could easily garner an audience of many fans from young teens to adults who like to indulge in short tales of love. I would love to read more from this author in the future; her style is unique and intriguing.